Why You Need Nutritional Supplements (4)

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Nutritional supplements – Photo credit: Everyday Health

When you understand the tremendous damage that oxidative stress inflicts during normal daily life on the human body, you will realise how important it is to optimise your own natural defence system and the importance of cellular nutrition. Your health and life depends on it. Have you wondered why, in the last five years, some people who used to be so vibrant, suddenly seemed to age overnight once they attained the age of 50 or 60?

Using nutritional supplements is not even alternative medicine, it is actually complementary medicine. To truly practise preventive medicine, the use of nutritional supplements is not about eradicating disease, it is about promoting vibrant health. Cellular nutrition enables the body to do what God intended. This is to grow and heal itself.

In the early 1900s, people primarily died of infectious diseases. These were pneumonia, tuberculosis, diphtheria and influenza. The discovery of antibiotics led to a decline in deaths due to infectious diseases.

As we move deeper into the twenty-first century, we now find people suffering and dying from chronic degenerative diseases. These include coronary artery disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, cataracts, Alzheimer’s dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis – the list goes on and on.

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In years gone before, people lived to over 100 years. Today no one seems to die of old age anymore. Cardiovascular disease (disease of the heart and blood vessels) is still the leading cause of death. This is closely followed by cancer, which has been steadily increasing in the last 30 years etc. Sudden death gives no warning signs.

Today, people have accepted that part of life is developing a chronic degenerative disease.  We insist that prevention is better than even early detection. Traditional preventive medicine encourages people to have routine physicals in order to maintain their health. This only detects diseases earlier, NOT educating people on healthy lifestyles that help avoid developing degenerative diseases in the first place.

True preventive medicine involves encouraging and supporting patients to take a threefold approach:

  1. Eat healthy
  2. Practise a consistent exercise programme
  3. Embrace consuming high quality nutritional supplements.

Therefore, empowering people to avoid getting any major diseases in the first place is true prevention.

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Essentials of a healthy lifestyle

  1. Exercise

Aerobic exercise became more accepted in the early 1970s. At the forefront of this move was Dr. Kenneth Cooper. In 1980, the surgeon-general of the United States issued a statement listing all the major health benefits of a modest exercise programme.

These include:

  • Weight loss
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Stronger bones and a decreased risk of osteoporosis
  • Elevated levels of “good” HDL cholesterol
  • Decreased levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol
  • Decreased levels of triglycerides (fats)
  • Increased strength and coordination, which leads to a decrease in the risk of falls.
  • Improved sensitivity to insulin
  • Enhancement of the immune system
  • Overall increase in one’s sense of well-being

From this list, you must be convinced about the importance of modest exercise for avoiding the development of many diseases.

Healthy diet

Eat a low-fat diet, which includes at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily. The benefits include: Weight loss

Nutritional supplements

The health benefits in taking high quality nutritional supplements, even if you are in excellent health, are:

  • An enhanced immune system
  • An enhanced antioxidant defence system
  • A decreased risk of coronary artery disease.
  • A decreased risk of stroke
  • A decreased risk of cancer.
  • A decreased risk of arthritis, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
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The potential for a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s dementia, Parkinson’s disease, asthma, obstructive lung disease, and many other Chronic degenerative diseases.

The potential for improving the clinical course of several chronic degenerative diseases.

From the above, rather than start by prescribing drugs, we advocate a change in lifestyle. The use of drugs should be the last resort, not the first.

Thankfully, the narrative is gradually changing. Many doctors are getting better informed about the health benefits of taking high quality nutritional supplements, in addition to a healthy diet and a good exercise programme. This is the absolute best way to protect our health. It is also the best way to regain your health, after you have lost it.

 

Mrs. Chima Ejimofor is the lead partner of Infinite Health Consult, and is available for the purchase of nutritional supplements, health talks and wellness seminars. She is based in Lagos, Nigeria. Telephone/WhatsApp: 07033179632, email: infinitehealthconsult@gmail.com

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